A PDO thread lift is a procedure that uses dissolvable sutures to rejuvenate and lift sagging skin. It's a cheaper and faster alternative to some of the other major treatments you can have. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, your treatment will begin. The PDO threads are inserted via blunt tip needles, called cannulas, or sharp-tipped needles. The anesthetic is a major part of the treatment and this in turn will mean it can be done in a most correct possible way.
Threading is a safe and effective technique that involves introducing threads under the skin to stimulate collagen and tighten the skin. After marking is complete and numbing agents are active, the threading process will begin. The PDO thread is contained in a thin, hollow cannula and from here, much of the treatment then takes place.
The same study we just referenced went on to say that thread lifts are especially well-suited to patients who cannot or do not want to have traditional facelift surgery. The reasons for this are numerous; some patients have an aversion to anesthesia, others don’t want the lengthy recovery period required of surgery, and still others simply aren’t comfortable with the possibility of complications and scars.
The emerging idea behind cosmetic treatments is to work with the body’s natural processes rather than manually cut, pull, and stretch skin to achieve the desired aesthetic. PDO thread lift treatments are part of this growing concept that has ignited a substantial uptick in the number of therapies requested. Treatment now allows for a much more individualized approach to de-aging the face and gives you more control over the time and budget spent on treatment.
We just mentioned that cosmetic treatments today work with the body, and a PDO thread lift in particular stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. Once the treatment threads are in place, the body recognizes them as “foreign agents.” This isn’t bad; it is, in fact, a central component of treatment. It also reflects the body’s natural and constant efforts to protect itself from invaders. In response to the threads, the body ramps up targeted production of collagen and elastin to heal what it perceives to be damage to the skin. These two proteins are elemental in supporting the skin, providing its firm and smooth texture, lifted appearance, and natural glow. In short, a PDO thread lift transforms and corrects your appearance on multiple levels.
The threads anchor the skin and lift it for immediate results, not unlike a surgical facelift. And, as mentioned a few moments ago, PDO threads stay under the skin until they eventually dissolve. The body breaks them down in a way that is extremely safe, like dissolvable sutures placed after surgery. Around the eyes, this treatment delivers the “designer” appearance so many patients lately request, in which the eyes are given a soft almond shape and tilted slightly upward at the outer corners. We can also improve upon your natural eyebrow shape and arch for a sleeker and sexier look. The bonus with this treatment is that additional results will continue developing in the coming days and weeks as collagen and elastin production ramp-up.
An attractive trait with thread lifts is the ability to combine them with other nonsurgical therapies to create broader, more visible results. Once your skin has recovered from the threads, we can make recommendations for complementary therapies ranging from dermal fillers to Ultherapy. The latter can be especially beneficial, as it maximizes overall skin firming and creates even more lifting by treating both the face and neck. You can have a thread lift every 18 months or so to maintain your results. But keep in mind that although treatment effectively tightens skin, it’s not intended to correct concerns like age spots and acne. These require treatments that resurface and/or refine the skin in a way that strips away the top layer (dermis) to reveal fresh, unblemished cells lying in wait underneath.
Through the use of PDO threads, it is possible to create a strong intradermal as well as subdermal grid that induces biostimulation, tissue support, progressive retraction of the skin as well as partial reshaping of tissues.
PDO therapy resulting in regeneration of connective tissue and an increase in oxygenation to the tissue. By activating reparative and regenerative processes within the papillary dermis the PDO thread insertion process indirectly results in functional and aesthetic improvements. Polydioxanone as a biomaterial is quite revolutionary, possessing antimicrobial and biostimulating properties in addition to being resorbable. The degradation of the threads is prompt and starts within 15 days of insertion and takes approximately 180-200 days to complete. Hydrolysis of the PDO polymer occurs breaking the threads down into carbon dioxide and water.
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